Country: Brazil
Year: 1968
Duration: 80'

Míguel Horta is a young deputy of the Radical Party, a little opposition party. He infiltrates into the National Party, the party that is in power. He discusses his passage into the National Party with the head of the government and breaks off from his old ex-allies. The union activists warn him about the old sharks of the National Party, but Miguel thinks that this is the best way for him to get his just and fair legislative bill to be passed. Augusto, the grey eminence of the National Party, proposes a deal with Miguel. His bill will pass in exchange for his approval of an unjust bill concerned with rents. It further happens that Miguel's bill is rapidly gutted of its progressive content. When he understands that he has been tricked, Miguel breaks with the National Party and seeks to ally himself with the People's Party. Party chief Conrado does not accept him because he cannot be trusted politically. In response, Miguel spends the night with Conrado's wife. The next morning Miguel goes to the union hall, where some provocateurs are trying to overthrow the leadership. Miguel realizes how foreign he is to all this. He returns home and kills himself.

"The dialogues are the thing that determines the shots, the lighting, the tempo, the editing, and the acting in O bravo guerreiro. However, this happens without any pretence that the director is looking for the avant-garde or trying out a new language. Gustavo filmed his dialogues in order to show the incapacity of words." (Maurício Gomes Leite)


& Credits

Director and plot: Gustavo Dahl.
Screenplay: Gustavo Dahl, Roberto Marinho de Azevedo Neto.
Director of photography: Afonso Beato.
Art director: Alexandre Horvath.
Editor: Eduardo Escorel.
Cast: Paulo César Pereio, Mario Lago, Italo Rossi, Maria Lúcia DahI, César Ladeira, Paulo Gracindo, Josef Guerreiro, Paulo Porto, Isabela, Hugo Carvana, Cecil Thiré.
Production company: Gustavo DahI, Saga Filmes, Joe Jantor.